Students to learn about budgeting

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union and Financial Reality Foundation will present Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui with a Get REAL Financial Reality Fair from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Clubhouse.

The fair is an interactive program that allows students to make budgeting decisions (and mistakes) in an interactive learning environment. The event is designed for high school seniors where they make real life choices about a post-high school career, including how to stay within budget while paying for necessities such as housing, food and transportation.

Along the way, needs versus wants are tested as community volunteers sell vacations, puppies, hot tubs, and many more impulse-spending items that can have a major impact on a budget.

The Financial Reality Foundation partners with credit unions, providing them with a turnkey reality fair package that makes it possible to provide events to their local schools.

In a collaborative effort, the FRF and credit unions work with their own staff and community partnerships to provide the event to students in their schools during the regular school day.

Volunteers include: HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union staff members, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, The Rotary Club of Maui and Akaku Community TV Station.